Police Kill Tiger After It Attacked Dog In Residential Neighborhood

Henry County police respond to escaped tiger

A tiger on the loose was shot dead in the Atlanta area Wednesday (Sept. 6) by law enforcement officers after it attacked a dog, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.

Capt. Smith told the Atlanta news station that because the loose tiger was in close proximity to a school bus route in a densely populated area and posing a risk to residents, authorities had to make the unfortunate decision to shoot the tiger.

Concerned that the tiger now posed a threat to others, the officers chose to fatally shoot the animal.

They said they weren't equipped with tranquilizer guns and didn't want to wait until the guns arrived.

The Henry County Police Department and animal control are now working to determine where the tiger came from.

Where the tiger came from, however, is still a mystery.

After the tiger jumped on the dog, the officers, who had followed the big cat to the neighborhood, fired shots, Speck said. She was instructed by the authorities to remain inside while hearing her small dog, Journey, bark nonstop.

"It was like a full-grown, zoo tiger and it was massive".

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"I fell to the ground crying because my husband was screaming because the tiger had jumped on top of my dog", Speck told local media.

Police said they shot and killed a tiger that was on the loose in Henry County.

Brittany Speck said she woke up to bright police lights and hysterical barking from her dog in the backyard.

"When the tiger became aggressive toward pets in the area, it was deemed necessary for public safety to put it down, and it was done quickly and humanely", authorities said.

All of Noah's Ark's tigers are accounted for.

Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary said all its tigers are accounted for, but did not indicate if the animal was part of its group.

The tiger was a female and its body was later cremated, said Gerri Yoder, director of the Henry County Animal Care and Control Department.

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